WIRE)--August 9th, 1999
AMD today introduced
the 650MHz AMD Athlon(TM) processor, the world's fastest and highest-performance
microprocessor for x86 computer systems. The AMD Athlon family is designed to
deliver unprecedented performance for cutting-edge commercial and consumer software
applications running on high-end desktop systems, workstations, and servers.
now give Intel more serious competition. AMD's potential to grab higher-end
market share has increased - its present success is primarily in the sub-$1000
finally be able to provide multiprocessor capability for servers, something
it has lacked, and where Intel is the volume king. (Note: Athlon is "multiprocessing
ready"; it still needs the "Poseidon" support chip set - not yet available
- to be able to provide true multiprocessing.)
the Alpha bus theoretically provides performance advantages beyond raw CPU
technology is "unproven", there is an inherent risk to its success. If Athlon
fails, AMD runs the risk of going down with it.
credible the threat of Athlon is, the more likely that Intel will react